Joe (1970)



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In this film, after his daughter suffers a drug overdose, executive Bill Compton murders her drug-dealer boyfriend Frank. Rattled by his own actions, Bill stumbles into a bar, where he meets blue-collar worker Joe Curran, who holds Compton in great esteem for his killing of the long-haired drug pusher.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Wexler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002


as Joe Curran

as Bill Compton

as Melissa Compton

as Frank Russo

as Joan Compton

as Mary Lou Curran

as Kid in Soda Shop

as Woman in Bargain Sto...

as Man in Bargain Store

as Bellevue Nurse

as Teeny Bopper

as Teeny Bopper

as American Bartender

as Man in Bar

as Man in Bar

as TV Newscaster

as Gil Richards

as Phyllis

as Hippie on Street

as Waiter in Guitar Joi...

as Hippie in Group

as Poster Shop Propriet...

as George

as Ronnie

as Bartender at Ginger ...
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Critic Reviews for Joe

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

well acted melodrama, directed by Joe Avildsen before he made the Rocky movies, starring Peter Boyle as a racist and Susan Sarandon in her very first film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2012

Starting with a murder and ending with a massacre, this bleak portrait of America shows a dream turned sour and a country at odds with itself.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009

Cliched melodrama was a cultural landmark; Boyle is superb

May 12, 2005
Film Journal International

I admire the film's gusto to look at the hippie era, but its shock factor is more of a bail out rather than letting the story reach a meaningful conclusion.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Joe

Two guys who hate everyone who's different from them finally take some action, violent action, and in the end begin to question their beliefs. This is a brilliant movie, and I highly recommend it. Plus, watch for Susan Sarandon in her first movie!

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


Granted, the character that Peter Boyle is given in "Joe" is an interesting one, but the film simply doesn't do enough with him. We just watch as he exists and spouts racist and homophobic lines with none of it ever leading anywhere. Norman Wexler's script is decidedly good, but would've made for a better movie under someone else's direction.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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